How to do Foreigner’s Registration in India?
All foreigners including foreigners of Indian origin visiting India on long term (more than 180 days) Student visa(S) (including those coming for study of Yoga, Vedic Culture, Indian system of dance and Music), Research Visa(R), Employment Visa(E), Medical(M), Medical Attendant(MX) and Missionary Visa (M) will be required to get themselves registered with concerned Registration Officer within 14 days of his/her first arrival, irrespective of the duration of their stay.
Foreigners visiting India are required to register within 14 days in case of stipulation/ observation/ Special endorsement made by Indian mission/ Embassy on the Indian Visa.
Foreigners visiting India on other categories of long term visa including business/Entry(X) visa would not require registration with the concerned FRROs/FROs if duration of his/her stays does not exceed 180 days on a single visit. In case a foreigner intends to stay for more than 180 days on a single visit he should get himself registered well before the expiry of 180 days.
Pakistan Nationals are required to register within 24 hours and Afghanistan Nationals are required to register within 7 days of their arrival in India.
Registration facilities are not provided at the airport and are carried out in the office of Foreigner Regional Registration Offices (FRROs) or District Superintendents of Police (FROs).
Children below 16 years of age do not require Registration, on any type of VISA.
Such Foreign nationals , who are already holding long term Tourist Visas for 10/5 years with stay stipulation of 180 days/90 days and with multiple entry facility, there should be gap of at least 2 months between two visits to the country on Tourist Visa. In case requirement to visit the country within two months, permission should be sought from the Head of Mission concerned indicating the specific reasons for another visit within a short period. In all such cases registration would be required within 14 days of arrival.
This includes foreigners holding Tourist Visa who after initial entry into India had gone out of the country largely on account of neighborhood tourism related travel and are re-entering India within two months before their final exit from India. However, Immigration authorities in all Immigration Check Posts may allow such foreign nationals on Tourist Visa to make two or three entries into the country (need based) subject to production of an itinerary and supporting documentation (Ticket bookings).
Penalty for late Registration
Though no fee is required to be paid for registration, yet a penalty in Indian currency equivalent to US$ 30 (Rs. 1350/-) in case of late registration is charged.
Requirements at the time of Registration
Every foreigner at the time of Registration, shall furnish, such information in registration report, as may be in his possession for the purpose of satisfying the Registration Officer and shall, on being required, shall sign the registration report in the presence of the said officer and shall thereupon be entitled to receive from the said officer a certificate of registration in Part III of Form A:
A foreigner is also required to submit: –
– 4 recent passport size photographs;
– Photocopy of photo page and valid Indian Visa page of the passport;
– Proof of residential address in India;
– Documents of identification and;
– In case of Student Visa, bonafide certificate from School/College;
– In case of Employment Visa, request letter, undertaking, contract agreement from employer.
– In case of Business Visa, business related papers on the authenticity of the business, copy of permission from Reserve Bank of India and approval of Government of India in case of joint venture/collaboration;
– In case of Journalist Visa, accreditation certificate from Press Information Bureau and approval of Ministry of External Affairs.
– In case of Research Visa, bonafide certificate & letter from the nodal agency/Ministry sponsoring the Research.
Submission Timings: 09:30 am to 12:30 pm
Collection Timings: 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm
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